E-mails with the subject 'link exchange' get deleted.
You may link to Travel Notes by all means
and even submit your website for consideration, but e-mails telling us how much you like
Travel Notes and would like to do a 'link exchange' to improve our page ranking, will just
If you really like Travel Notes that much, you would know about our
linking policy, where the relevant URL submission form is; and above all, use it.
It seems our website submission
guidelines often get ignored though, so here's how not to get listed on Travel Notes.
Since 1997, we've reviewed more travel websites than Matt Cutts has had
spam sandwiches, so ignore this at your peril.
Search Engine Optimisation
If it looks like the text on your page is meant for search engine
robots to read, then only search engines will read it.
That means if your font is too small, light grey on white or contains
too many dubious anchor text links then we won't be listing it.
Turn It Off
If background music or videos on auto start stalls the loading of your
webpage, we won't encourage others to try and find the turn it off button.
We don't need your mailing list subscription form or Facebook Like
widget to invade the content before we've had the chance to see if our visitors might find
it useful. Thank-you for letting us decide for them.
Homepage Footer Links
If you paid for a service you probably don't need to advertise it
on your homepage.
Your website will need to be really exceptional if it's stating that
it's 'Powered by anything', 'Designed by anyone' or promotes an Internet Marketing firm; no matter how
small or unobtrusive the text.
If someone was employed to improve how you appear online, then
shouldn't they advertise your web presence rather than you theirs?
When you pay for a premium listing or advertising on Travel Notes, we
wouldn't expect you to link to us from your homepage as well; although we wouldn't say no.
Yes We Do Want to Leave The Webpage
If we get asked if we really want to leave the webpage, or every link
clicked on opens a new window or tab, then we won't be coming back and won't recommend anyone else
pays a visit to your website either.
This is so simple we can't believe that it's not entered properly on the
submission form; and is probably the easiest way to not even get your URL considered.
When we started Travel Notes, in 1997, it was a pleasure linking
to other travel sites that expanded on our content.
However, with the explosion of the Internet it seems that every little
'room for rent' and independent 'tour guide' is trying to promote their 'business' without
giving anything back in return.
There are no automated robots spidering links at Travel Notes, so
reviewing websites is rather time consuming; especially as we have to trawl through a lot
of sludge to get to the gems.
It therefore pays to choose our premium service, if you want to
get your website reviewed faster and avoid a possible lengthy quarantine period.
When reviewing travel websites, we look at the links out and don't
link to those with lists of links totally irrelevant to the website's content. So think
about where you link to.
Affiliate sites and websites offering little travel content are ignored
We do like to help promote those who add some worthwhile travel
tips or offer discounts to Travel Notes members.
If this applies to you, then the Travel Notes lines are open.
But please use the correct submission form and fill it in
Travel websites not wishing to link to Travel Notes are encouraged to
make a small PayPal Donation for
a swift review.
Non-commercial travel websites: $18.
Local tour operators and tour guides: $35.
Small hotel, guest house or holiday rental: $40.
Travel agents and booking companies:
Fixed Rates For Corporate Customers and Internet Marketing
Premium Listing: $120
Enhanced with a thumbnail image of your website.
Premium listings may also include an e-Business card; listing all your major social media
channels and a few deep links, at our discretion.
Order a Premium Listing + 12 months run
of network advertising for just $260.
Your 468x60 banner, for this purpose, sits near the footer navigation.
Quarantine Period For New Travel Website Submissions
Having spent far too many years trawling through a backlog of website
submissions and then having to manually remove dead links - after the travel domain names
subsequently disappeared, changed hands or became sponsored link placeholders - we've
decided to implement a possible quarantine period of 18 to 36 months.
This will apply to new travel website submissions using the free
service that maybe didn't break any of our webmaster guidelines but failed to convince
that they'd be around for the long-haul.
A second browse of the website URL at a later date can often save the
hassle of deleting the dead link in a year or two.
Using the relevant form for your commercial enterprises
helps us serve your interests better; by obtaining essential information related to your
specific Accommodation, Tours, or
General travel link submissions are accepted
from destination and travel and tourism websites: tourist offices, embassies, airlines,
airports, railways, travel blogs and official travel websites.
There's also a special form for General Feedback.
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